Turning an Antique Potato Crate into a Raised Garden Bed
Good morning, everyone.
I just got back from my trail walk, something I’ve been trying to incorporate into my daily routine. So far, I’m on day five of four-mile trail walks. It’s always the weekend that put a stopper in my good habits 😉 It looks like it’s about to rain today, which will be nice since the grass around here is still fighting for its greenery. Before I dive into the next planting project, I thought I’d take a few hours this morning to write about the potato crate garden I created. I shared a photo on Instagram, and the requests for a blog post on the tutorial were high, so I hope you all enjoy and get inspired to turn something you find at an antique store into a garden bed.
A few weeks ago, I took a trip to the Depot at Gibson Mill to look for a few items for the guest bedroom. There is a little spot in the Gibson Mill called the “The Gilded Cottage,” and I am in love with it. I usually spend a while in this section and always leave with some new goodies. This time, I found several ceramic pots that look like woven baskets. I also picked up a picnic basket that has two spots for wine. I thought it would be so cute to take to the beach, a summer lawn concert, or down by the river for a picnic. I was excited when I found an old potato crate for $10! I knew right away I was going to turn it into a mini garden.
I picked out a few pots of vegetables to go into my garden at Lowes on my way home from Gibson Mill. I’m always an ignorer of “spacing” rules when it comes to planting, and so far, I haven’t had issues yet. I picked out some dwarf tomato plants, romaine lettuce, butter lettuce, spinach, jalapenos, and a few other plants that I planted in separate pots. Most of my lettuce plants went into the crate. I picked up a few packets of seeds to throw into the crate as well.
For the soil, I used the Harvest Organics all-purpose planting soil. You can use potting soil if you’d like, but I’ve never had issues using the in-ground soil in my pots. We have super humid weather in the south, and the man at Lowes said that sometimes in-ground soil helps with the plants drying out. I guess only time will tell.
I picked up chives, spinach, carrots, and broccoli seeds to plant as well. I threw the chives in with the crate vegetables but added the others to separate pots. I’ll have to do an update on those soon. The carrots are already sprouting, which is so awesome.
When you’re working with a crate, you can’t just throw in the dirt. Otherwise, it’ll fall out of the edges. I used some landscaping fabric we had lying around the house and taped it to the sides before adding in the dirt. It held up well, and all of the soil has stayed in the crate nicely.
I filled my garden up with soil and then planted in the lettuce, jalapeno plant, dill, mini cucumber plant, and dwarf tomatoes. I also threw in some chive seeds.
I’m keeping them in direct sunlight.
Since our backyard is fenced, I won’t have to worry about any deer coming in for a snack. You may want to wrap yours with a wire if deer are an issue in your area. It’s been two weeks, and so far, there haven’t been any bunny tracks 🤞 Although, I don’t think I’d be mad if I saw a bunny eating my lettuce. They’re just too darn cute.
After a week, the chive sprouts have begun to come up!
I was surprised at how big, and full everything was after only a few days.
It’s always fun to check in on the garden every morning. People keep sending me the meme of baby Yoda checking on plants, and that’s me! I make my coffee, let the dogs out, and walk around the house clipping, deadheading, and taking photos.
Last night, I cut up some butter lettuce and romaine for my salad! It’s fun to be able to eat something from your backyard! ♥️
I hope you all have a fantastic day. I’m heading out to do a fun DIY 4th of July flower pot. I’ll make sure to capture step by step photos just in case! ♥️
Questions for you!
- Do you have a raised garden bed in your yard?
- What is your favorite vegetable to grow?